Larry Kramer

Screenwriter, Producer, Story editor
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Born: 06/24/1935 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (10)

Larry Kramer 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Out List 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Survive a Plague 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Vito 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Outrage 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sex Positive 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Wrestling with Angels 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Larry Kramer 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Out in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Positive 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (6)

The Normal Heart 2014 (Movie)

(from play: "The Normal Heart") (Source Material)

The Normal Heart 2014 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Normal Heart 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Lost Horizon 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Women in Love 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush 1968 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))
Producer (2)

Women in Love 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush 1968 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Relationships

David Webster

Companion
born c. 1947 met in the mid-1970s and had relationship separated reunited after 15 years c. 1993

EDUCATION

Yale College, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1953 - 1957
Received a B.A. in English

Milestones

2014

Wrote an adaptation of "The Normal Heart" for HBO

1998

Was a founder of Treatment Data Project (TDP), which collects treatment data on people with HIV disease worldwide via the Internet

1993

Becomes a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for writing "The Destiny of Me"

1992

Off-Broadway debut of his second semi-autobiographical stage drama, "The Destiny of Me"

1988

Wrote the politically-themed "Just Say No, A Play about a Farce"

1988

Published "Reports From the Holocaust: The Making of an AIDS Activist"

1987

Co-founded the protest organization ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)

1985

His semi-autobiographical AIDS-themed stage play "The Normal Heart" produced at NYC's Public Theatre

1981

Was a co-founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, an organization created to provide services to those infected with HIV

1978

Published novel "Faggots"

1973

Penned the screenplay for the musical remake of "Lost Horizon"

1968

Debut as screenwriter, "Women in Love"; also produced; received Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay

1968

First film credit, as associate producer and additional dialogue, "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush"

1965

Became assistant to David Picker and Herb Jaffe at United Artists

1960

Joined Columbia Pictures in NYC, then London as a story editor

Trained at William Morris Agency in NYC

Raised in Washington, DC

Did one-year stint in the US Army

Bonus Trivia

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Received 1996 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.

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Kramer underwent a liver transplant in December 2001. The Associated Press erroneously reported his death when in fact Kramer had been moved from intensive care.

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On why he wrote "The Normal Heart", Kramer has been quoted as saying: "I wrote it to make people cry: AIDS is the saddest thing I'll ever have to know. I also wrote it to be a love story, in honor of a man I loved who died. I wanted people to see on a stage two men who loved each other. I wanted people to see them kiss. I wanted people to see that gay men in love and gay men suffering and gay men dying are just like everyone else."

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"I didn't expect to become an activist. That's for certain. I was on my way to being a screenwriter-a comedy writer-perhaps someday a playwright. ..."I didn't expect a plague."But it came, and a bunch of us, not a great many of us, enlisted in an army to fight it."That's how I became part of the gay movement. Which is very different from just being a gay man. And if I hadn't given much thought to what I might be expecting as a gay man, I certainly had no idea what it would be like being in the gay movement. I guess I'm still in the gay movement. I'm gay. I'm writing this. I write about only gay and AIDS stuff." --Kramer writing in The Advocate, March 1999.

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"Larry Kramer is one of America's most valuable troublemakers. I hope he never lowers his voice." --Susan Sontag

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After his 1973 musical adaptation of Frank Capra's "Lost Horizon" became a critical and commercial failure, Kramer decided to focus his writing on issues relating to the LGBT community.

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His provocatively titled 1978 novel, Faggots, became a best seller, despite being banned by a number of bookstores.

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Kramer attempted suicide by swallowing a bottle of aspirin while attending Yale in the mid-1950s.

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Kramer had already spent several years as one of the nation's foremost AIDS activists, prior to learning he had contracted HIV in the late 80s.

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His 1993 play, "The Destiny of Me," was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist.

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He worked in the story department at Columbia Pictures prior to earning an Oscar nod for penning 1969's "Women in Love."

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